The Waggon

The Waggon, Mottram-in-Longdendale, Cheshire

A former Robinson’s pub on the main road between Mottram and Broadbottom, with no shortage of nearby properties, which I remember from the late 80s as being quite smart and having a healthy food trade. Three of the four pubs in Mottram have now closed – and indeed three of the four in Broadbottom.

(My own picture)

The Elm Tree

The Elm Tree, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire

A large Brewer’s Tudor pub rather stranded in the middle of a gyratory system on the north side of the city. The StreetView camera seems to have been afflicted by spots of rain when shooting this one.

The Black Boy

The Black Boy, Eccles, Lancashire

A street-corner pub in a well-pubbed area to the west of the town centre, that was originally a Wilson’s house, was then sold to Banks’s and ended up in Marston’s livery.

The New Inn

The New Inn, Cradley Heath, Staffordshire

A small white-painted street-corner pub in a typical Black Country area of mixed residential and industrial development.

The White Lion

The White Lion, Birmingham

A former Davenports pub with a clock tower, just outside the city centre, that later became Scarlets nightclub. The StreetView image shows it covered in scaffolding.

The Angel

The Angel, Bolsover, Derbyshire

Just round the corner from the White Swan, this Brewer’s Tudor pub shown on StreetView in 2008 has now become Bolsover Antiques. Bolsover seems to have suffered particularly badly from pub closures, with three recently lost on or just off the central square, although the former premises of “The Keep Sports Bar” almost next door have now become Wetherspoon’s Pillar of Rock.

The Delamere Forest Inn

The Delamere Forest Inn, Hatchmere, Cheshire

A small white-painted roadside pub in a popular tourist spot next to the Forest. It was converted from a private hotel in the 70s or 80s, but never seems to have prospered as a pub.

The King Edward

The King Edward, Aston, Birmingham

An impressive triangular corner pub boasting its own clock tower, situated right next to the Aston Expressway.

The Farmers Arms

The Farmers Arms, Lymm, Cheshire

A large roadside pub, still in Greenall’s livery, in an area that has seen large numbers of new houses built recently, so lack of potential customers cannot be used as an excuse for its closure. Between the 2011 StreetView image and my current picture it had a brief incarnation under an Italian pizzeria brand. Fairly close to the now-demolished Railway.

(My own picture)

The New Inn

The New Inn, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A rambling old redbrick pub a short distance up the road from the Foresters Arms, with an extensive garden that looks as though it may once have been a bowling green.

The Jolly Hatters

The Jolly Hatters, Denton, Lancashire

A four-square redbrick former Hydes pub on the Stockport road just south of the town-centre crossroads at Crown Point. Since the StreetView image was taken, it appears to have been revived in some form but is currently listed as closed again.

The Wheel

The Wheel, Findern, Derbyshire

A four-square, cream-painted pub on the main street of this attractive village south-west of Derby near the Toyota plant. On the StreetView image from 2009 it is displaying banners saying “Under New Management” and “Finest Cask Ales and Lagers”, but now is sadly de-signed and with peeling paintwork.

The White Swan

The White Swan, Bolsover, Derbyshire

An attractive double-gabled stone-built pub in the centre of this small former mining town noted for its magnificent 17th century castle.

(My own picture)

The Foresters Arms

The Foresters Arms, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A large corner pub on the north side of the town that closed earlier this year after having experienced a steady decline and being the scene of one or two unfortunate incidents.

The Waggon & Horses

The Waggon & Horses, Derby

A former Marston’s pub on the main Ashbourne Road with distinctive stone window surrounds, still displaying all its signage on StreetView.

The White Lion

The White Lion, Castle Gresley, Derbyshire

A small pub set back from the main A444 that has now made someone a nice house – even though it is opposite a van sales depot.

The Oddfellows’ Arms

The Oddfellows’ Arms, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A small redbrick street-corner pub in an area of terraced housing on the south side of the town, which has had its signage remoed but isn’t actually boarded up. Just down the street from the Labourers’ Union.

The Navigation

The Navigation, Overseal, Derbyshire

A roadside pub in a former mining area in the extreme south of the county, still looking quite smart on the 2011 StreetView image. The name refers to the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal which once terminated nearby at Moira.

The Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown, Thringstone, Leicestershire

A tall, shallow, three-storey pub facing the village green in a former mining area near Coalville. Still open on StreetView, but if you take a few steps forward it’s been tinned up.

The Old Bush

The Old Bush, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

An old, gabled, half-timbered pub on Abbey Foregate, east of the town centre, once the main road to London.

The Gibraltar Rock

The Gibraltar Rock, Bolton, Lancashire

This pub on one of Bolton’s main radial routes has now been converted to a Spar convenience store, but retains its distinctive frontage lettering and a sign on the end wall advertising the former facilities – which manages to spell its name incorrectly!

The Star & Garter

The Star & Garter, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A large redbrick street corner pub with a pair of distinctive gables, still open (although up for lease) on the 2010 StreetView image.

The King’s Head

The King’s Head, Morton, Lincolnshire

This pub was closed following a fire in 2007, and later bought by the Co-op, who flattened the site with the intention of building a shop on it. However, they subsequently bought the Lord Nelson opposite, which is on a bigger site and which they were able to convert to a shop using the existing building without needing planning permission.

The Fox & Duck

The Fox & Duck, Hanley, Staffordshire

A prominent corner pub just north-east of Stoke-on-Trent city centre that was once popular with Stoke City fans on matchdays. Clearly the introduction of cask ale – as advertised on a banner – failed to save it.

The Adswood Hotel

The Adswood Hotel, Stockport, Cheshire

A large pub with an attractive cobbled forecourt in a well-populated area of terraced housing. Recently closed by Robinson’s Brewery as part of their cull of under-performing pubs and apparently destined for redevelopment as yet more housing. Still open – and looking quite appealing – on StreetView.

(My own picture)

The Black Horse

The Black Horse, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A large inter-wars pub in the Art Deco style on the main A444 road south out of the town heading to Nuneaton. Still open on StreetView in 2009, although looking rather tatty, but as the picture shows it deteriorated rapidly and the site has now been redeveloped for housing.

The King’s Head

The King’s Head, Ardwick, Manchester

In the shadow of the railway viaduct, this pub now stands rotting and forlorn in an area of car dealerships to the east of the city centre.

The Squirrel

The Squirrel, Horwich, Lancashire

A large pub with an extensive car park on the northern edge of the town that had a spell as an Indian restaurant but is now closed and boarded.


Churchills, Bolton, Lancashire

Formerly the Rose Hill, a redbrick pub set back from Manchester Road in an area of retail and industrial units south of the town centre. Note the Boddingtons “bee and barrel” sign.

The Mason’s Arms

The Mason’s Arms, Derby

A back-street pub in a densely-packed area of terraced housing just north of the city centre.

The Old Mitre

The Old Mitre, Essington, Staffordshire

A large white-painted pub with a conservatory extension in a rural location just outside Wednesfield and Bloxwich close to the M6 motorway. Still open on StreetView.

The Royal

The Royal, Rochdale, Lancashire

A small mid-terraced pub with a distinctive archway leading through to the rear, situated to the south of the town on the main road towards Oldham.

The Farm Yard

The Farm Yard, Harpurhey, Manchester

A monumental Rochdale Road pub built by Threlfalls in 1896 and now serving as Manchester Creative Learning Centre. Maybe surprisingly, it survived as a pub well into the 21st century.

The Seven Stars

The Seven Stars, Ardwick, Manchester

A substantial Holt’s pub on the Ashton Old Road that within my drinking memory received an extension to cater for burgeoning trade, but is now closed and boarded. The section in the foreground of the picture appears to be undergoing conversion for alternative use.

The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales, Buxton, Derbyshire

A small former Marston’s pub just off the town centre on the main road to Chapel-en-le-Frith. The proximity of Buxton’s Wetherspoon’s may have contributed to its demise.

The Albion

The Albion, Armley, Leeds

A pub with a distinctive tiled frontage in a run-down inner-urban area with few nearby houses. Still retains its pub livery although closed for some time.

The Greenwood Arms

The Greenwood Arms, Horwich, Lancashire

A massive inter-wars pub in “Brewer’s Tudor” style on the Bolton road south of the town centre, which has been closed for several years and is now in a sadly derelict and burnt-out state.

The Greaves Hotel

The Greaves Hotel, Lancaster

A large stone-built pub-cum-hotel on the main A6 to the south of the city centre, now sold off by Mitchells for conversion to assisted living accommodation.

The Globe

The Globe, Rochdale, Lancashire

Situated just north of the town centre, this main-road corner pub has at some stage had a handsome stone-faced frontage added with bow windows. Note the globe carving above the main door.

The Miners Arms

The Miners Arms, Penrith, Cumberland

A small back-street pub near the new Sainsbury’s that is little changed from 2009 apart from being boarded up.

(My own picture)

The County Arms

The County Arms, Glen Parva, Leicestershire

An imposing 1930s pub in the Moderne Style, complete with tower, once well-known as a live music venue. In its day it was considered an example of enlightened contemporary pub design. Now in the process of redevelopment as retirement apartments.

The Halfway House

The Halfway House, Tettenhall, Staffordshire

A corner pub on a road junction in a prosperous suburb of Wolverhampton that from the look of it suffers from a lack of car parking.